Omrania’s Amman Branch Office Hosts International Students

. A visit to Omrania’s Jordan Office by 16 architecture students from Washington State University (WSU) provided an occasion to reflect on Jordan’s unique architectural heritage and ever-evolving built environment. The students spent an intensive week studying the built environment of Jordan, taking in its historic treasures and meeting with leading contemporary practitioners.   Mr.…

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Omrania’s Mahmoud Abughazal Speaks At KSU

  In a recent lecture at King Saudi University, Omrania’s Head of Architecture and Interior Design discussed the role of the architect today and the transition from school to the workforce.     Mahmoud Abughazal, a member of the Omrania Board of Directors, is an alumnus of the College of Architecture and Planning at King…

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The Original Green City Planner: Alphand In Paris

  The engineer Adolphe Alphand led the multi-disciplinary planning office responsible for transforming and greening Paris in the 19th century.   While G.E. Haussmann is remembered mostly for piercing the historic urban fabric of Paris with wide boulevards, perhaps his best move was hiring the engineer J.C. Adolphe Alphand (1817–1891) in 1854 to direct the…

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Inside The New Hilton Riyadh Hotel And Residences

 . The 5-star hotel and apartments complex offers the best in contemporary living. Designed with today’s cosmopolitan clients in mind, the new Hilton Riyadh is refined, understated, and sophisticated. It comprises 645 hotel rooms and 221 furnished apartment units with exclusive access to upscale amenities. The architectural design was developed in a joint venture of…

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The Elevator That Could Revolutionize Architecture, Again

  In 1854, the invention of the elevator heralded the invention of the skyscraper. Today, a new, dramatically redesigned “two-dimensional” elevator system may once again transform our skylines.   Structural steel framing made it possible for our buildings to reach great heights, but before the elevator no one wanted to reach any higher than five…

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More than a Metro Station

 . When Omrania won an international competition to design the Arriyadh Metro Western Station, we focused on making it a more than just a useful and comfortable place for commuters and travelers. It is a civic landmark with mixed-use attractions and public spaces.   The Western Station is a signature multi-modal hub for the new…

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Beyond Masonry: Sustainable Materials for the Building Envelope

. Sustainable building practices require an understanding of each material’s embodied energy and expected energy performance over the life of the building.   Picking up on our recent post “Sustainable Materials — Building with Earth and Stone,” here we expand the discussion to include other types of building facade materials commonly used in contemporary architecture.…

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Omrania Classics: Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and Industry

. A catalyst of Riyadh’s spectacular growth, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry headquarters, designed by Omrania, was completed in 1983.   The eight-story office building is composed of glass-enclosed cantilevered volumes set within a granite-clad frame. Although the design is clearly modern, the square plan, central atria, prominent use of stone, and symmetrical facades…

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Contemporary Design Inspired By Architectural Heritage

 . Omrania’s proposed design for the National Architectural Heritage Museum reflects our belief in the importance of learning from the past to design for the future.   We are dedicated to creating architecture that is both innovative and contextual. This is particularly important when building in Saudi Arabia, where we strive to design in a…

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Omrania Presents At ZAK World Of Facades Conference

  Two Omrania architects shared insights on high-performance building envelope design at a conference that brought together Saudi Arabia’s facades industry stakeholders and leaders.   The 2017 Riyadh edition of the ZAK World of Facades conference, held on October 24th at the Hyatt Regency Riyadh Olaya, was an opportunity for architects, builders, and clients to…

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The Smartest Building In The World?

  Referred to as “the first building in the world that interacts with people,” The Agnelli Foundation can create personalized atmospheric “bubbles” that follow inhabitants through the building.   The term “smart city” is a vaguely defined concept used to describe the integration of digital technologies into urban infrastructure to make the built environment safer,…

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Designing A Thriving Business Community: GOSI Office Park

. The award-winning GOSI Office Park has been recognized as one of the best mixed-use developments in Saudi Arabia.   Set in a strategic location, the GOSI Office Park demonstrates a total integration of architecture, landscape architecture, engineering, and planning by Omrania. This 155,000-square-meter, mixed-use development comprises six high-rise office towers, four mid-rise office buildings…

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